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Subject:  Re: Talk me out of a Financial Advisor Date:  6/2/2013  5:31 PM
Author:  Rayvt Number:  72379 of 87978

Maybe this guy is a charlatan
Most likely, he is not a charlatan. Most likely he's a straight-up guy ---- who is overly confident in his stock picking ability. Wall Street is littered with the bodies of people who thought they were genius investors.

it's hard for me to believe that it's not possible to find an advisor who can't do a better job of investing than me after expenses
Oh, there are probably such advisors out there. But not for the likes of you and me. They are the ones who take new clients only by recommendation of existing clients, and who have minimum account size of $10 million or more.

It's quite EASY for me to believe that I can do a better job of investing my money than any of the FA's I could find.

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